It’s been a great ride since May 17 when ereadernewstoday featured One Night in Bridgeport. As I’ve written before, over 1,000 people have downloaded the book since then. Cost to them: .99 per download. I make 35% of that. So, on the plus side, with all sales, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 people have purchased Bridgeport and I’ve made over $1,000. While the frequency of reviews has diminished, the few that are dribbling in are all excellent. The latest, posted today, is this:
This was an awesome book. It clearly shows what can go wrong by making one little mistake. You had to feel sorry for the protagonist and you had to guess how it would end. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The last four reviews are all five stars, all from people I’ve never met. They read my book and loved it. That’s all good.
I keep waiting for sales to drop off and they don’t. Every day anywhere from 5-35 people download it for the Kindle. In the first three days of August, 21 people downloaded the book. Twelve on August 3.
For weeks now, I’ve had a plan. Fix the typos, add a few things about Weed Therapy to the inside material (favorable reviews, for instance), and re-publish Bridgeport for the Kindle, with a republished paperback to follow. The paperback would also include an improved back cover. When I did this, I planned on increasing the e-price of Bridgeport back to $2.99 to see what would happen. So, I did that last night, at the end of a day when twelve people had bought the book for .99.
And today rolls along. Nobody is buying it. Nobody. A book with 36 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.5. That readers think is “awesome.”
Meanwhile, Weed Therapy is out there also. Priced at $2.99. So far, ten people have downloaded it at that price. I’m pretty sure I know just about every one of those ten people. I ran a Goodreads Giveaway. 648 people signed up for it. About half of those individuals added the book to their “to-read” list. I spent a day on the front page of GoodKindles. I’m still on the front page, just a little further down. There was one e-book purchase after the giveaway and nothing in the 24 hours since the book showed up on GoodKindles.
This is frustrating, but I’m trying to be patient. I believe I’ve put two novels out there that are worth $2.99. I try very hard not to write garbage and expect people to buy it. Both of these novels took me a couple of years to write. Bridgeport went through one major rewrite and two major edits. Weed Therapy, I believe is something worth reading. I don’t think it is asking too much for readers to pay less than they would for a latte when they’re willing to pay so much more for traditionally published authors. What does it take to get people to pay $2.99 for an e-book? Why should they if all the other self-published authors are pricing at .99 and free? I would really like to keep the price of my books at $2.99, but if nobody is going to buy them at that price, what’s the point?